New Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa, on Friday, called on South Africa to give the new ministers and their deputies a chance to deliver.
Xasa, the former deputy minister of tourism, called on anxious and embittered members of the African National Congress, in particular, to give the new ministers an opportunity to implement Zuma’s mandate.
“For ANC supporters out there, and to everybody, give the new people the opportunity to demonstrate and ensure that we are able to implement,” the new minister said.
Minister Tokozile Xasa expressed determination to hit the ground running, adding that she hopes the ministers who were dismissed will continue to serve the ruling party despite losing their positions.
“We expect them in their future or areas in where they will be, that they will continue to contribute positively to the organisation,” she said.
Xasa succeeded her former boss Derek Hanekom, who was sacked by President Zuma. She is the national spokesperson of the ANC Women’s League.
She also expressed readiness to work with new Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo, whom she said was her former colleague.
On implementing Zuma’s mandate, Minister Tokozile Xasa promised to focus on creating/providing more jobs for the youths, particularly women.
Zuma had urged the new appointees in a statement to ensure that the “promise of a better life for the poor and the working class” becomes a reality.
“I have directed the new ministers and deputy ministers to work tirelessly with their colleagues… to ensure that the promise of a better life for the poor and the working class becomes a reality,” he said.
Recall that Hanekom led a pack of critics that called on Zuma to step down during ANC NEC meeting in November 2016.
Others who supported Hanekom were Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and his deputy Joe Phaahla, NEC member Fikile Xasa, ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu and ANC economic transformation chief Enoch Godongwana.
On the defensive line were Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe and African Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Hanekom was the first to raise Zuma’s recall. Other anti-Zuma supporters followed suit by demanding a secret ballot in a vote of no confidence against the president.
ANC Free State chairman Ace Magashule called on the unhappy ministers to resign instead of launching further attacks.
Both Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Science and Technology minister Naledi Pandor survived the hangman’s noose although they supported Hanekom’s motion of no confidence during the NEC meeting.
Following Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle, analysts have warned of far-reaching consequences for the ANC, South Africa and the economy.